Carlo Ancelotti has likened Luka Modric to Paolo Maldini as he declared the veteran midfielder would end his career at Real Madrid.
Prior to the trip to Sevilla today Ancelotti spoke glowingly about Modric who have put Madrid in a strong position to strike for LaLiga and Champions League glory.
Although Modric is now in the veteran stage of his career, Ancelotti sees that as a positive rather than a weakness.
“I think he’s going to finish his career here, I don’t know when but that’s everyone’s idea,” Ancelotti said. “There is no problem for the club, neither for us nor for him to renew, that is quite clear.
“He takes great care of himself, in his career he has not had any major injuries and that helps him a lot.”
Making the Maldini comparison, Ancelotti said: “I had a football legend, who won the last Champions League at the age of 40. If I have to compare him with anyone, it would be with him: for the quality, for the seriousness, for how he understands football. They are legends.”
Ancelotti coached Maldini at Milan, having previously played in the same team as the defender who went on to make 902 appearances for the Rossoneri.
Maldini was in fact 38 when he helped Milan to the fifth European Cup/Champions League of his career, but he played on until the age of 40.